Microblading has been the most popular permanent makeup procedure for quite some time now, which is no wonder since it can give fabulous results. However, although this procedure is generally considered relatively safe, whenever you’re dealing with long-lasting results, there’s a chance you won’t be completely satisfied with how it turns out.
On top of that, breaking the skin for any purpose can lead to consequences. So if you’re thinning about getting your brows microbladed, there are things to consider. We explore all the ways in which the procedure can go wrong, what to do when it does, and precautions to take to avoid an unsatisfactory result in the first place.
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The biggest reason some people are reluctant to get their brows microbladed is fear of a botched job. This implies all kinds of poorly executed brows: uneven, asymmetric arches, needle strokes too long, too short or too thick (the most common issue), unnatural positioning of the arches, blocks of color rather than hair-like strokes, wrong choice of pigment shade, etc.
The depth into which the pigment is injected is also a potential issue, as injecting it too deep will lead to gray or blue undertones once healed. All these leave the client with unnatural, artificial-looking brows for up to 2 years, which is the primary thing to avoid.
Apart from these aesthetic disasters, a poor execution can leave you with an infection, permanent scarring if the technician it too aggressive, or an allergic reaction if the tech fails to do a patch test prior to the procedure.
If you’re considering undergoing a microblading treatment, do your research. Our ultimate guides are a good place to start:
The answer varies from state to state. In some states like Kansas, an individual has to go through a long period of training and apprenticeship that is supervised by local government. Only once they’ve gone through a certain number of working hours, can they start taking paying customers. The best way for a state to protect the customers is to assure there are no untrained artists offering services by passing laws that deal with permanent makeup specifically.
A number of states, like Missouri, do not recognize microblading as a separate treatment, but rather a branch of tattooing. They haven’t issued any official regulations, but simply warned the artists it is their responsibility to tend to public safety. This way, the government disassociates itself from the permanent makeup practice and its public is in no way protected. Some states have not addressed permanent makeup at all.
Check the licensing conditions in your state and see if your artist complies.
The consequences of a poorly executed microblading treatment can be both physical and psychological, both of which can affect the life of the “botchee”.
An allergic reaction will manifest itself in an extremely uncomfortable inflammatory process. Similar symptoms can appear if the pigment used is of low quality and includes nickel, which the body will try to get rid of. Most common infections are mild and not serious, but a more severe infection can lead to swelling and permanent scarring.
Since the position of eyebrows is close to sinus cavities, if an infection is not treated promptly and properly, it can spread and become life-threatening.
Apart from already mentioned health risks, which are very rare, a botched job leads to a drop in self-confidence and perpetual discomfort. Those affected become more withdrawn and avoid social situations because their brows draw looks from strangers.
Bad brows could even lead to deterioration of personal relationships. Along with bruising and a burning sensation, one Kansas woman got a pair of brows cartoonish enough to get her boyfriend to break up with her!
In any case, both the clients and established permanent makeup artists are in favor of stricter microblading regulations.
Microblading is a semi-permanent makeup procedure – the results last up to two years and without touch-ups, they will fade. However, a bothced job usually eliminates the possibility of that long a wait. Prevention is definitely the best cure, but if you find yourself with unsatisfactory results, fortunately, there are ways to fix it.
It sound obvious, but minor imperfections can be camouflaged with eyebrow pencil just fine.
Before you start to panic, make an appointment with another, more recognized artist. Unfortunately, many artists are used to fixing others’ mistakes, so they might have a practical solution. It may be an extra cost, but if the results can be fixed with just a couple of additional strokes, it’s worth a shot.
You do need to wait until the original work heals completely – up to a month.
According to one tattoo artist, Li-FT is a revolutionary “non-acid, highly concentrated, saline-based lightening solution that pulls the unwanted pigment up to the surface of the skin and out of the body.” It can remove the pigment as soon as 24 hours following the procedure.
This option is still relatively new. Depending on the amount of pigment injected, it takes up to 4 sessions which are done in 8-week intervals to get all of it out, but eventually, it will work.
If all else fail, there’s always pricey but fool-proof laser removal. This is done by a dermatologist or removal expert. However, be prepared for some pain and discomfort.
In order to avoid the hassle of fixing a botched job is to prevent it from happening it in the first place. The best way to do this? Research.
The choice of artist is the most important factor that will make or break the final look. As we’ve already mentioned, you should avoid unlicensed, self-taught and underqualified “artists”, regardless of their low pricing. You may save money initially, but the cost of damage control can make the total cost skyrocket.
You should look into the artist’s portfolio (these are usually their Facebook or Instagram pages, or just ask for examples of their work when you go in for consults) and ask around if your friends or friends-of-friends know anyone who’s been microbladed by that particular artist. For some salons, there are reviews available online, too. If you come across any negative ones, it’s best to look for another artist.
Your research doesn’t stop once you’re in the salon. Look around the artist’s workspace for certificates, they’ll usually have them on display. If they don’t, ask for proof they’ve gone through proper training. You have every right to do so!
Before the procedure starts, if the workspace and any of the tools look like they’re not sterile, the best option is to back out. The awkwardness of the situation is not worth an infection. If you notice the artist hasn’t put on surgical gloves or a protective face mask, you should react.
It is also their responsibility to ask you about any possible medical conditions (some medical conditions make you unsuitable for microblading) and allergies, and do a patch test. If they don’t, this is a sign of unprofessionalism.
You should ask about the ingredients of the pigments used regardless of your prior experience with tattoos or permanent makeup. They may contain some ingredient you’re allergic to, and nickel should be avoided at all costs. It might be a good idea to look into some brands beforehand, so you get the idea of what is good quality and what is subpar.
Microblading procedure can make amazing results to your brows, but only if performed by a certified professional. Be smart to whom you trust your brows, as this is a crucial step in avoiding botched brows scenarios.
Besides obvious changes in appearance, potential health and infection risks, a botched job leads to a drop in self-confidence causing a long-lasting discomfort. If you’re considering undergoing a treatment like this, do a thorough research beforehand and don’t be afraid to ask questions. Our ultimate guide to microblading is a good place to start.
If it eventually happen, microblading that is gone wrong can be mitigated to some extent with several methods. Unfortunately, neither of them is painless nor cheap.
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